Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

$500
  • 10 MP
  • 3.8x f/2.0
  • 1/1.6" CCD
  • 3" LCD
Released July, 2010
[4:3]VGA: 640 x 480 pixels, 30fps (Motion JPEG) / QVGA: 320 x 240 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG) / [16:9]WVGA: 848 x 480 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG) / [HD Movie]1280x720 pixels, / NTSC Mode: NTSC model: 60p(CCD output is 30p) / PAL model: 50p(CCD output is 25p) / (AVCHD Lite, SH: 17Mbps / H:13Mbps / L:9Mbps ) / 30fps (Motion JPEG).
Rated 90% by by Photography Blog (Sep, 2010)

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First reviewed December, 2011

Features Key features of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Back view of Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
Another addition is a dedicated button on the top panel to begin video recording.
Rated 90% by by TrustedReviews (Jun, 2014)

megapixels

0 MP
14 MP

10 MP
20 MP
20 MP
The level of detail is outstanding, even though the 90mm-equivalent focal length doesn't zoom in quite as far as most other compacts.
Lumix DMC-LX5 by TrustedReviews (Jun, 2014)
All of the sample images in this Review were taken using the 10 megapixel SuperFine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 4Mb.
Lumix DMC-LX5 by Photography Blog (Sep, 2010)

sensor size

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
Panasonic Lumix TZ30
In single shot mode and Fine JPEG quality its shot-to-shot time is also faster at approximately 1.4 seconds, although this does slow down to an average of approximately 1.6 seconds in Raw mode and 2.4 seconds in Raw + JPEG mode.
Lumix DMC-LX5 by TrustedReviews (Jun, 2014)
Considering the two year wait for this camera, and the supposed benefits of the “improved” sensor and image processor, the results are frankly a bit of a let down.
Lumix DMC-LX5 by TrustedReviews (Jun, 2014)

wide angle lens

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
Fujifilm Finepix X10
The Leica-branded lens produces very little barrel distortion at wide angle.
Lumix DMC-LX5 by TrustedReviews (Jun, 2014)
The new lens is just as good as the old one, producing pin-sharp focus from corner to corner with very little wide-angle barrel distortion and no trace of chromatic aberration.
Lumix DMC-LX5 by TrustedReviews (Jun, 2014)

aperture size

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
Panasonic Lumix TZ30
Canon PowerShot G12
The new LX5 aims to build on the success of its predecessor with a new 3.8x, 24-90mm zoom lens, large 1/1.63-inch 10 megapixel CCD sensor and HD movie recording with Creative Movie Mode for adjusting both the shutter speed and aperture.
Lumix DMC-LX5 by Photography Blog (Sep, 2010)
The screen itself is a bright, class leading 3-inches with 460k dot resolution that provides a naturalistic translation of the scene before the lens.
Lumix DMC-LX5 by Photography Blog (Sep, 2010)

zoom range

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7.1x

3.8x
20x
20x
The telephoto end is equivalent to 90mm.
Lumix DMC-LX5 by TrustedReviews (Jun, 2014)
The pop-up flash is also unchanged, with an effective range at wide angle of and impressive 7.2m, with excellent frame coverage and a recharge time of approximately six seconds, which is a little faster than average.
Lumix DMC-LX5 by TrustedReviews (Jun, 2014)

body size

109.7 x 65.5 x 42.9 mm
117 x 70 x 57 mm
99 x 60 x 28 mm
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 is the long-awaited successor to the ahead-of-its-time LX3, a compact camera that hit the sweet spot for photographers looking for a pocketable alternative to their DSLR.
Lumix DMC-LX5 by Photography Blog (Sep, 2010)
The much anticipated Panasonic Lumix LX5 is expensive, but it is without a doubt one of the best compact cameras on the market, offering superb build quality, classic design and easy handling, with fast performance and outstanding photographic versatility.
Lumix DMC-LX5 by TrustedReviews (Jun, 2014)
 

Performance Real world tests of Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

shutter lag

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
Nikon Coolpix P7700
Canon PowerShot G12

battery life

400 photos
200 photos
260 photos
Battery duration has also been slightly improved, from 380 to 400 shots on a single charge.
Lumix DMC-LX5 by TrustedReviews (Jun, 2014)

max continuous shooting

The image processor has also been upgraded to the Venus Engine FHD, providing faster signal processing, better low light performance and reduced image noise, as well as a continuous shooting speed of 2.5 frames per second.
Lumix DMC-LX5 by TrustedReviews (Jun, 2014)

DxOMark low light performance

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
Fujifilm Finepix X10
Portrait, Soft Skin, Self-Portrait, Scenery, Low Light, Food, Party, Candle Light, Sunset, Beach, Snow, Aerial, Pinhole, High Sensitivity, / (Activated by selecting Still Picture Scene Mode then pressing movie button).
Lumix DMC-LX5 by Photography Blog (Sep, 2010)
The LX5's sensor now has larger photocells which should produce increased colour saturation and dynamic range.
Lumix DMC-LX5 by TrustedReviews (Jun, 2014)
 

Our analysis How does it stack up against its top 10 competitors

pros

  • 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps
  • Generic
  • 24 mm
  • 400
  • 10 mm
  • Optical
  • 89.39%
  • 1/4000 s

cons

  • 460 k dots
  • 41.0
  • Jul, 2010
  • 7.2 fps
  • 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps
  • 1/1.6"
  • 10.8 ev
  • 19.6 bits
  • 2,300 ms
  • 10 MP
  • 12,800 ISO
  • 132 ISO
  • No automatic HDR
  • Use buttons to access features and menus
  • The screen is fixed in place
  • No automatic stitching
  • Won't have that film look
  • Lacks the ability to create slow motion video
  • Dust may appear in your photos

Reviews Word on the street

Rated 90%
Read the review (Jun, 2014)
The LX5 has a new lens with 3.8x zoom, equivalent to 24-90mm, but this hasn't meant sacrificing the fast maximum aperture, which is now f/2 – f/3..
Rated 90%
Read the review (Sep, 2010)
Fast forward two years to 2010, and it's the turn of the new LX5 to appeal to the more experienced prosumer, with a longer 3.8x lens, improved 10 megapixel sensor, AVCHD movies and a tweaked control system all on offer.

Screen

Our first encounter with the LX5 was under bright blue skies when it unsurprisingly did very well, delivering even exposures and maintaining both highlight and shadow detail extremely effectively.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 | Rated 90% by by Photography Blog (Sep, 2010)
So, in the absence of built-in optical or electronic viewfinder, the LCD is naturally used for shot composition and review.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 | Rated 90% by by Photography Blog (Sep, 2010)

Iso

At 80 ISO the image quality is pretty much flawless, as was expected.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 | Rated 90% by by TrustedReviews (Jun, 2014)
3200 ISO is the highest full-resolution setting, but the results are pretty terrible.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 | Rated 90% by by TrustedReviews (Jun, 2014)

Image stabilization

It's a much simpler and more sensible interface, and makes the LX5 feel more like a digital SLR.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 | Rated 90% by by TrustedReviews (Jun, 2014)
Other key improvements to the LX5 include a re-designed user interface, Power OIS anti-shake system, Intelligent Resolution technology and an optional electronic viewfinder.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 | Rated 90% by by Photography Blog (Sep, 2010)

Focus

The AF assist lamp is still a bit weak, but it will focus in total darkness at a range of several metres.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 | Rated 90% by by TrustedReviews (Jun, 2014)

Exposure

Instead the quick menu is activated by a separate button and navigated via the D-pad, while exposure adjustments are handled by a data wheel mounted on the newly enlarged thumbgrip.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 | Rated 90% by by TrustedReviews (Jun, 2014)

Editions Editions of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

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1/1.6" 460 k dots 24 mm 10 MP
 
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